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Turtle Beach Report
(Turtle Beach Campground)

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Report By:  tproeger    Date: 3/7/2009    Type: Campsite
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County owned, 40 site, RV / tent campground located on the south end of Siesta Key with beach access to the Gulf or Mexico

My Report:

Turtle Beach Campground is a typical RV / tent campgroud with picnic tables and restrooms with showers. The campground consists of one road about a block long with campsites on each side of the road . There are some trees, but little vegetatian between campsites and therefore little privacy. Only one tent is permitted per campsite. As of June 2008, campsites cost $32 to $42 per night May1 through October 31 and $45 to $60 per night November 1 through April 30. The campground is popular with RV campers and reservations usually must be made well ahead of time. There is a restaurant across the street and several other restaurants from moderately priced to upscale within a short walking distance. This is a busy, "developed" campground and is not recommended for those desiring a "primitive" or isolated camping experience. Reservations may be difficult to obtain even far ahead of time due to the popularity of the campground.

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Location Data:

Postal Address: 
Turtle Beach Campground, 8862 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, Florida 34242
Atlas Page: 97
Contact Info: 
Reservation office: 941 349-3839

Email: turtlebeachcampground@scgov.net
Website URL: www.scgov.net/communityservices/parksandrecreation/parks/Turtle_Beach.asp
State Camp ID: NA
# of Campsites: 40
Site Capacity: 0
Camp Condition: Fair
Permits: reservations recommended
Alt Campsites: NA
Launch Site: Sand
Considerations: Waves
Dangers: Nothing Special
Trail Keeper: Terry Proeger
Fees/Costs $: $32 to $60

Photos from Turtle Beach Campground:    (Click image to view full size)

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Picnic Area

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Turtle Beach Campground access to beach


Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsWith the exception of Oscar Scherer State Park and Snake Island in Venice Inlet, this is the only legal campsite in Sarasota County that I have been able to find.

Post Date: 3/7/2009

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